PLAINVILLE - The Plainville Chamber of Commerceâ€™s 110th annual Awards Dinner attracted â€śthe best turnout yet,â€ť with 165 people, including community leaders, gathering to support outstanding businesses and volunteers.
The dinner, at Nuchieâ€™s, is held every year â€śto give back to the community,â€ť says Chamber of Commerce Chairman Jeff DiCosimo, who owns Premier Portraits, LLC. â€śWe want to recognize valuable and outstanding volunteers, businesses and citizens in the town of Plainville. These are often the sort of people who do things out of the goodness of their hearts who donâ€™t expect anything in return. But we feel that for all the good they do they deserve to be recognized.â€ť
The chamber presented six awards that night: the Beautification Award, the Business of the Year, the Distinguished Community Leader, the Distinguished Families in Business, the Distinguished Women in Business and the Non-Profit Organization of the Year.
The Beautification Award was presented to U-Haul Moving & Storage of Pinnacle Rock.
â€śThey started work a year ago on a beautiful renovation and landscaping project that has just started to wrap up,â€ť said DiCosimo. â€śItâ€™s just amazing what they have done.â€ť
The Business of the Year Award went to Farmington Bank.
â€śFarmington Bank is one of our best supporters,â€ť said DiCosimo. â€śAny time the chamber needs anything, they are the first to support us and the first to step up and offer to help. We have used their facilities on New Britain Avenue for our Business After Hours events many times. They have also been a major sponsor of our annual golf tournament.â€ť
Assistant Town Manager Shirley Osle received the Distinguished Community Leader Award.
â€śShirley is one of the co-founders of the Plainville Pumpkin Fest and she has done a lot of volunteering,â€ť said DiCosimo. â€śShe is a member of the Rotary Club and helped to put together their Penny Sale. She does everything that she is able to and expects nothing in return.â€ť
The Distinguished Families in Business Award was given to Tabitha W. Manafort and Quinn W. Christopher.
â€śBetween renovating houses and restoring old antiques, Tabitha does a lot of different things in the community and she helps to beautify Plainville,â€ť said DiCosimo. â€śQuinn took over M&T Enterprises after her husband died in a tragic plane crash last year. She had a choice to either close the business or keep it going and she has done a tremendous job.â€ť
The Distinguished Women in Business Award was presented to Jane A. Carney of Painting & Decorating Inc.
â€śJane took over the business in 2009 back when it wasnâ€™t doing very well and she went ahead and turned it right around,â€ť said DiCosimo. â€śShe has had a very successful painting and decorating business going forward.â€ť
The Nonprofit of the Year award was bestowed upon the Rotary Club of Plainville.
â€śThe Rotary Club has done a lot for the town,â€ť said DiCosimo. â€śThey have helped to raise funds for a lot of different projects including refurbishing our parks.â€ť
For more information on the Plainville Chamber of Commerce, call 860-747-6867 or visit plainvillechamber.com.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.